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October 2011

Flashback Friday – Family Pictures

Our family pictures from last year by A Cherry on Top Photography.  She also did the boys’ first birthday pictures.  Lacey is awesome!  If you are in the OKC/Edmond area look her up!

Check out those cheesing grins on my babies!

One of my FAVORITE pictures EVER!

This has become my new tradition…

every year take pictures of them in neck ties!

Go check out Lacey’s website.

I’m waiting on the boys’ newest neck ties to arrive from

Simply Sweet Baby Boutique before we do our newest family photos.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 8, 2011
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A-Z of ME

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A little bit about me on your Thursday! I saw this over at my friend Many’s blog, The Fabulous Baby Striblings and wanted to do it as well.
A. Age: 30 and it seems like 31 is coming faster this year! At least I married a man who will always be a little older than me. 🙂

B. Bed size: KING!  FINALLY!  I’m 6’1″ and my husband is 6’3″ and we have always had a queen until this year.  We finally have a bedroom big enough for a king.  I LOVE IT!

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning toilets.  UGH!  I’m starting to hate doing the dishes because with four of us eating at home a lot, I feel like I’m always doing them!

D. Dogs: LOVE DOGS!  Total dog person but don’t have any right now.  We had a St. Bernard for 12 years who passed last November from lymphoma (we got her RIGHT after we started dating so she was our baby) and we had a toy yorkie but with all the changes (babies joining our family, moving to OK, moving into our house in OK, etc. she wasn’t getting any attention and was miserable so a friend has her.)  Once the boys can help take care of a pet we will probably get a goldendoodle.

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee.  HAVE TO HAVE IT!

F. Favorite color: Green to wear but love my Oklahoma State Cowboys so ORANGE POWER BABY!

G. Gold or Silver: Depends on the outfit. I’m loving gold more and more.  Working with Stella & Dot (see “My Shop” above) their gold jewelry is addicting!

H. Height: 6’1″. I’m tall:)

I. Instruments you play: hmmm, none really.  Almost took up piano when I was younger but considered the recorder my main focus at the time.  See how well that panned out for me.

J. Job title: Domestic-Bliss-Keeper at Schluter House, Chiropractic Assistant for about 10 hours a week and Stylist for Stella & Dot.

K. Kids: my two BOYS who were completely worth the wait, Fynn & Sutton born January 19, 2010.  Seriously still to this day so amazed I GET to be their mommy!

L. Live: Tulsa, OK in the heartland of America!

M. Mother’s name: Pam, see posts about Grammie Pammie who passed when I was 18.

N. Nicknames: The husband calls me “babe” and boys call me “mama” GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME! 🙂

O. Overnight hospital stays: when I was 17 and in a HORRIBLE highway car accident and when the boys were born

P. Pet peeves: when people aren’t nice.  Seriously though.  How hard is it to JUST BE NICE?!  When I’m in line at the store and I have a ton of stuff but the person behind me has only a few things, I let them go ahead of me.  When I’m driving and someone is trying to pull out in front of me but can’t because of traffic, I stop and let them go.  IT’S NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE!

Q. Quote from a movie: “I invented Post-Its.” 🙂

R. Right or left handed: Right!

S. Siblings: Older half-brother, Brad. My big brother Uncle Jordan is 18 months older and I have two sisters-in-law who I consider sisters, Jenny who is only a few months older than me and Janai who is 17, almost 18.

T. Time you wake up: MWF I get up and go to my gym classes at 5 but come back home and sleep until the boys wake up at about 8-9.  On Thursdays I have to wake up before them to get ready since I have to take them to MDO.

U. Underwear: VS

V. Vegetable you hate: Onions. Will make my husband cut his own for chili and tacos.

W. What makes you run late: REALLY? I have 20-month-old twins, what more of a reason do I need?

X. X-Rays you’ve had: teeth, body (from a car accident) and back and neck (chiropractor) and my knee since I’ve had 4 surgeries from the car accident.

Y. Yummy food that you make: I’ve never been good in the kitchen, that is the reason I married my husband but I can make a good red beans & rice or chili.

Z. Zoo animal: Monkeys!  LOVE MONKEYS!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 6, 2011
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Wordless Wednesday – Reflection

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We have a mirror we got as a wedding gift in 2003 from Pottery Barn that we LOVE but since we moved into our new house we can’t decide where to hang it.  Yes, we’ve been here since March and it has moved around from room to room to store and I hope one day it has a new home on a wall SOMEWHERE in this house.

Right now it’s in our guest room where we get LOTS of light.  The boys hardly ever go in this room but the other night they loved playing in there and seeing their reflection in the mirror.

I caught this picture of Fynn.

Sutton is obsessed with grabbing anything that looks like a phone and “talking”on it…the video monitor, the regular monitor we use when we go overnight somewhere, the remote, anything.

This picture cracks me up!

These two make me laugh every day!

Go check out all the other Wordless Wednesday posts at my friend Mandy’s blog…

The Fabulous Baby Striblings

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

October 5, 2011
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PM Photo Challenge – September Favorite

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Over at The Paper Mama is a weekly photo challenge, which I always tell myself to enter but then forget.  Not this week.

This week’s challenge is September Favorite and I already knew the set of photos I would choose from, the day we took the boys to the cemetery to see my mom, Grammie Pammie.

Since the boys were born I’ve tried to make an extra effort to keep my mom’s memory alive through photos and saying her name to the boys but it will never be enough.

I debated for a long time WHEN I would first take them to the cemetery but I couldn’t wait any longer.  It has been over 2 years since I had last been, which was to bury my grandpa, my mom’s dad.

It seems like the debate comes up often with people about cemeteries and what purpose it serves, which leads to the discussion of burial vs cremation.

Personally, I like having a special, quiet place to go “visit” my mother.  I know she is always with me and she isn’t really JUST there at the grave but having the headstone with her name and remembering the day I had to watch her casket be lowered into the ground will always have a comforting feeling to me.  After the cemetery service no one walked over the burial spot but me and my older brother.  The two of us stood there and watched the woman who raised us and was THE most influential family member in our lives be lowered into the ground.  Again, MOST people don’t care to see this but for me it was a sense of closure that she was really gone.  Throughout the last weeks of her life we were given false hope then it would be crushed and the roller coaster continued and toyed with our emotions.  This was the closure I needed to really believe she was REALLY gone and no hope was left.  I wrote my mom a letter and put it in her casket with a photo of she and I and I can still vaguely remember what I wrote in that letter.  The night before the funeral my step-dad came to me and informed me they would be closing the casket at the funeral home that evening.  The sense of urgency came over me that THAT would be my VERY LAST moment to see her body and to see the face of the woman I loved SO MUCH.  The face I looked up to for 18 years.  The face that I saw in the morning at the breakfast table, in the car on the way to school, to cheer me up when I was sad….the face that was the MOST IMPORTANT face to a daughter.  I rushed to write what I was feeling that night and grabbed the photo of us I kept in my room and hurried to get it there in time.

Most people I know don’t care to visit cemeteries or think of them as a place to “visit” their loved ones but it works for me.

My boys are only 20 months and of course they don’t understand anything about a cemetery or who this Grammie Pammie is right now but one day THEY WILL.

I often pray that my children will be old when they have to bury me, not 18.

Young children at a cemetery are not predictable so I came prepared.  We brought snacks so we could have a mini picnic.  The boys sat down in front of her stone and snacked on their raisins and did their usual babble but then they would point to her stone and babble with such intensity I like believe they were saying, “Hi Grammie Pammie!”

They then got up and walked around and Sutton leaned down and touched her stone.

Yes, I shed a few tears that afternoon but they were mixed tears.  Tears of obvious sadness.  Tears of happiness as I looked around and saw what an amazing family I had help create.  Tears of fear of raising children without my mom. Tears of hope for what my children will become.

 

My September Favorite

Head over to The Paper Mama and check out all the other entries!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 2, 2011
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